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The first Test between Australia and West Indies ended with Australia dominating and Usman Khawaja getting hit by a bouncer, resulting in a bloody injury.
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The first Test between Australia and West Indies ended with Australia dominating and Usman Khawaja getting hit by a bouncer, resulting in a bloody injury.

In the first Test at Adelaide Oval, Australia achieved a 10 wicket victory over the West Indies on day three. However, opening batsman Usman Khawaja was hit in the helmet and was seen spitting blood before the win.

The Australians easily won the first Test of the series, securing a 1-0 lead and keeping the Frank Worrell Trophy for the 13th consecutive time since 1994-95. They reached a score of 26 without losing any wickets just 11 minutes before lunch.

But in the end, there was a sudden turn of events when, with the game tied, Khawaja was hit on the helmet by a bouncer from Shamar Joseph while only scoring nine runs. The experienced batsman was unsure whether to dodge or block the ball and ended up flinching, causing the ball to hit him hard on the jaw.

During the match, Khawaja was injured in his upper jaw and cheekbone area, causing him to bleed from his mouth. The West Indies team expressed concern and a doctor came onto the field to attend to him. Khawaja had to leave the game due to his injuries, while Marnus Labuschagne (1no) hit the final run for Australia, with Steve Smith (11) remaining unbeaten as their new opener.

Khawaja has successfully completed an initial concussion evaluation, but has been taken to the hospital for additional scans. He will undergo another examination in 24 hours once the results are available.

Australia’s captain, Pat Cummins, stated that Khawaja appears to be fine but has a sore jaw, so they will keep an eye on it. If he is diagnosed with a concussion, he will not be able to play in the second Test beginning next Thursday in Brisbane and will be replaced by Matthew Renshaw.

Previously, Josh Hazlewood, a bowler from Australia, took five wickets as the visiting team was dismissed for 120 runs, leaving them with a small lead of 25 runs. The West Indies scored 188 runs in their first innings, while Australia, led by Travis Head’s score of 119, responded with 283 runs.

Australia has achieved another series victory, following their 3-0 sweep of Pakistan last month. They had an exceptional 2023, where they were able to retain the Ashes, emerge victorious in the World Test Championship against India, and triumph in the ODI World Cup.

Australian captain Pat Cummins has added another achievement to his list, as he becomes only the second skipper in 82 Adelaide Tests to successfully win after choosing to bowl first.

After taking 4-41 and reaching his 250th Test wicket in the first innings, Hazlewood went on to claim 5-35 in the second innings. This marks the 11th time he has taken five or more wickets in a Test match, but he was just shy of achieving his first 10-wicket haul in his 67-Test career.

The West Indies began the day at a score of 6-73 and unfortunately lost Joshua Da Silva in the fourth over. Da Silva (18) was caught in an Australian strategy, as he attempted a hook shot on a short delivery from Mitchell Starc (2-46) and was caught by Hazlewood at fine leg with two fielders positioned on the leg-side boundary.

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Starc quickly took his second wicket as Alzarri Joseph (16) carelessly swung at a ball outside the off-stump, resulting in an edge to wicketkeeper Alex Carey. Hazlewood reached a new achievement in the next over, dismissing Gudakesh Motie for three runs as the left-hander chose not to play a shot and was bowled cleanly.

Shamar Joseph, a newcomer to the West Indies team, scored 36 runs while batting in the eleventh position in the first innings. He also took five wickets from the Australian team. In the second inning, he scored 15 runs in 12 balls before getting out to a delivery from Nathan Lyon (2-4) and being stumped.

Cameron Green (1-9) was the second bowler to take a wicket, while Kirk McKenzie was the top scorer for the visiting team with 26 runs. He also had the highest score in the first innings, with 50 runs.

The second Test match, which will be played with a pink ball under lights, is scheduled for 25 January in Brisbane.

Source: theguardian.com